Dana White sure likes mixing business and pleasure. The UFC president continues to enjoy the finer things in life since earning a windfall payment of over $300 million+ off the 2016 UFC sale. This time that involves flying to Philadelphia to watch his Boston Celtics beat the 76ers 101-98 in the third game of the NBA semi-finals (putting the Celtics up 3-0).
Business wise, White took the time in Philly to talk to “Underground King” Eddie Alvarez, who is waiting on a new deal from the UFC before fighting out the last bout on his contract.
In addition to attending the Celtics game in Philly today, I’m told White met with Eddie Alvarez about his UFC contract. No update to report at this time, other than they took that step to meet up in person. https://t.co/l5NWgNtkhP— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 6, 2018
The UFC has reportedly been trying to put together a rematch between Alvarez and Poirier at July 28th’s UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary. Their first fight ended in a controversial No Contest after Alvarez bounced an illegal knee off a downed Poirier’s skull.
”It’s not f**king happening,” an bristly sounding Alvarez said. “I’m not fighting until I get a new deal. UFC needs to stop playing games. They know what I mean.”
While there hasn’t been any updates about the deal on social media, you’ve gotta be hopefully a personal meeting with White in your hometown means the UFC is done playing games. An earlier report from Okamoto had Alvarez calling the initial offer “low.” What’s the UFC doing trying to lowball one of the key players in their hottest division? Go get that paper, Eddie!